Antidepressants study shakes up medicine

Prescriptions keep mounting. Power of belief shown to be behind improvement more so than the drug

Published: 8 hours ago

Depression is a serious medical illness caused by imbalances in brain chemicals that regulate mood. But while everyone feels miserable from time to time, and maybe even feel low for a couple of weeks, “there’s an important difference between feeling depressed and having clinical depression,” Scoboria, of the University of Windsor, said.

He said it takes training and experience to do a proper assessment. But a chronic shortage of psychiatrists means an “extraordinary” number of prescriptions for antidepressants are written by family doctors.

Time pressures makes it easier to order a pill. Read More….

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